After a year of planning and excitement the time for our family cruise was finally here!! There were 7 in our travel group: Grandma, Grandpa, my niece Rebecca, Nana, Papa, Hannah and I. Sharon (Nana) and I had booked this trip while we were onboard the Fantasy last February and we’d shared a wonderful year of anticipation together.
Since we live in an area where weather is unpredictable in the winter we left home 2 days before our sailing date. We drove to Buffalo on Wed, Feb 18th and then flew to Ft. Lauderdale on Thurs, Feb 19th. Hannah and Papa with our luggage. Well…luggage for 1/2 our group! LOL!!
In the end, the unpredictable weather was in Ft. Lauderdale! The final bit of our flight was filled with turbulence as we landed during extremely windy weather and it was c-c-c-chilly! We had a bit of a wait for our hotel shuttle and there was warmth in numbers.
Our original plan had been to take a water taxi ride to see the Ft. Lauderdale shore but between the wind and cold we nixed that in about 2.5 seconds! There really wasn’t much near our hotel so it was a pretty quiet afternoon. We went for a walk to find lunch and came across this barbershop that made us laugh! I noticed a guy standing on the sidewalk drinking a beer (which isn’t something we normally see at home) but then realized why. Larry posed for a pic in front of the shop window.
My thought is that the barber didn’t have a lot of faith in their haircuts so wanted to offer an incentive.
After a delicious dinner at a nearby German restaurant we settled in early, excited for all that Friday would entail! We were up early and enjoyed breakfast at the hotel before packing up and heading to the Port of Miami.